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Wahconah High Awards & Scholarships 2021
02:30PM / Saturday, June 05, 2021
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DALTON, Mass. — The following awards and scholarships were presented to the Wahconah Regional High School class of 2021.   Sadie Anderson, Emma Carkhuff, Scarlet Connell, Sawyer Cornwell-L'Hote, Sage Guiel, Colin Mackie, Luc Ouellet, Kaeli Talora, Casey Wassilie, Michelle White   Noelle Furlong; : Chloe Accardi   Shaun Thornton   Aiden Betit   Brock Prett, Monica Santos   Caitlin Ronayne   Kaitlyn Olds   Chloe Accardi, Nicholas Astore, Karly Bazonski, Lauren Bean, Connor Burt, Eleana Casey, Abigail Clayton, Jillian Cote, Meghan Doane, Noelle Furlong, Maria Gamberoni, Olivia Gazzillo, Ethan Hayes,

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Wahconah Names Valedictorian, Salutatorian for 2021
10:19AM / Saturday, June 05, 2021
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DALTON, Mass. — Aiden Pierce Trager and Shaun David Thornton have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the 2021 graduating class at Wahconah Regional High School.   Both students will speak at graduation ceremonies on Saturday, June 5, at 1 p.m. on the school athletic fields. The valedictory speech is titled "Back to the Future" and the salutatory address is titled "Timekeeper."   Trager is the son of Chris and Vicki Trager, both of Dalton. While at Wahconah, his academic program included Honors and Advanced Placement coursework, as well as Virtual High School classes. He is active in the many service projects sponsored by the

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BCC Graduates Recognize Community, Support on Campus
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
11:32PM / Friday, June 04, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College held its 61st commencement ceremony virtually on Friday, presenting 180 associate degrees and 91 certificates to 238 students.

Speakers recognized the community that BCC provides and the importance of support from friends, family, and the college itself.

Preceding the virtual ceremony — which was broadcasted on Pittsfield Community Television — was a campus drive-thru ceremony to offer graduates a socially distant, in-person celebration.

A majority of the graduates reside within the state, some from Connecticut and New York, and one graduate was from the state of Florida.

Valedictorian Marybelle Burns, who recently

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BCC Welcomes Welcomes Director of Student Financial Services
04:34PM / Thursday, June 03, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced the hire of Kelly Osorio as Director of Student Financial Services.    Working in higher education for the past 12 years, Osorio began her financial aid career at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York and was most recently Director of Financial Aid at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.      Osorio earned a bachelor of science degree physical education, with a teaching certification from the State University of New York, College at Brockport, and a master of science degree in educational psychology from the College of Saint Rose.     According to a press release,

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MCLA to Host COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
12:12PM / Wednesday, June 02, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — MCLA, in partnership with Curative Medical Associates. will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at its Church Street Center, located at 375 Church Street in North Adams, from 10 a.m.–1 p.m., on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.   The site will offer a first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which has been approved for emergency use in those ages 12 and older. For a minor to be vaccinated, a guardian must either be present at the clinic or complete an electronic consent form.    "I'm so pleased we are to be able to collaborate with Curative to offer this opportunity to our campus community as well as our local community," said Gina Puc,

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BCC Recognizes Associate Degree In Nursing Graduates
04:37PM / Friday, May 28, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The 52nd pinning ceremony of Berkshire Community College’s Associate degree in nursing (ADN) program was celebrated Tuesday evening, May 25, in the College’s Robert Boland Theatre in the Koussevitzky Arts Center.   The audience viewing remotely via PCTV in order to observe social distancing protocols due to COVID19.  Pam Coley-McCann, Associate Professor of Human Services, addressed the students.   Traditionally, nursing students have conducted an Honors or Pinning Ceremony to mark the passage of student nurse role to practice role.  It is an event that is shared with family, friends, faculty and others important to the

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Pittsfield School Committee Talks Permanent Virtual Academy Option
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Friday, May 28, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The school district is considering extending the Pittsfield Public Virtual Academy (PPVA) beyond COVID-19 times.

Superintendent Joseph Curtis presented the academy proposal to the School Committee on Wednesday. The original proposal would employ 74 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff members, remotely educate 400 to 500 K-12 students, and cost around $6.9 million.

The committee supported the idea but agreed that the logistics be worked out before any formal motions are made. Members of the committee supported scaling down the project to reach fewer students and have less of a financial impact.

Curtis clarified that there are smaller models drafted for the

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BArT Announces Upcoming Enrollment Deadline
04:00PM / Wednesday, May 26, 2021
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ADAMS, Mass – Berkshire Arts and Technology (BART) Charter Public School is currently accepting applications for students in grades 6 through 10 for the 2021-2022 school year.   The next enrollment deadline for the 2021-2022 school year for grades 6 through 10 is Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. Click here to apply.   More information on the school's enrollment and lottery process can be found at www.bartcharter.org. Interested families should contact the school at 413-743-7311 ext 732 or enrollment@bartcharter.org. Please reach out to the Enrollment Team with any questions.    

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BCC To Hold Celebration for Graduating Honors Students
12:59PM / Tuesday, May 25, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold a virtual celebration of students graduating from its Honors Scholars Program on Friday, May 28 at 2 pm via Zoom.    All are invited to honor the graduates, hear stories of students transferring to new institutions, and reconnect with other honors students. To attend the virtual session, please email Matthew Muller, Professor of English, at mmuller@berkshirecc.edu or call 413-236-4584.   BCC alumnus Marco Moreno, a graduate of both BCC and the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst, will be the guest speaker. Opening remarks will be delivered by Dr. Laurie Gordy, Dean of the Humanities, Behavioral

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College Notes: April-May 2021
04:15PM / Monday, May 24, 2021
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EZ Stride, left, was one of three innovations that won Grinspoon Spirit Awards at the Draper Competition at Western New England. Joseph Aberdale of Housatonic was part of a team at Western New England University that was recognized for innovation achievements at the Draper Competition and Harold Grinspoon Foundation.   Aberdale, attending the College of Engineering, and College of Business students Kyra Palumbo of Albany, N.Y., and Sami Dion of Wilbraham developed EZ Stride, a self-tightening sneaker that helps adults with limited mobility increase independence, confidence, and self-sufficiency when dressing. EZ Stride has earned a position in the Draper Competition semi-finals

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